My journey through crafting collecting goodies along the way x

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Multi-Tex, Starlights and Imagination.

Hello, checking in as it's that time of the week and I guess you will all be wondering about our next classes. No die cutting for you this week instead we will be playing with this lovely product from Cosmic Shimmer called Multi-Tex and comes in powder form and each pot contains 150mls. This means you can mix your own texture paste as and when you need it, in small or larger quantities and you will be able to colour it to match your project, how good is that! Even better it doesn't cost a fortune either and will last you longer so good news all round.
I have teamed it up with two beautiful stencils from Imagination Crafts and a couple of the Starlight paints Oh! and of course some gilding polishes, well it would be rude not too ! don't you agree.
I will give you the list of ingredients but there are three I think that didn't make the photo so I will tell you them first :
Gilding Polishes
Hay Bale and Ocean Teal.
Also Worn Lipstick distress ink pad.
 Distress Inks
Antique Linen
Peacock Feathers
Wild Honey
Cracked Pistachio

Black Versafine

Starlight Paints

Stencil tape
Blending foam

I used the flourish stamp from Sara's Love and Romance set just to add a very subtle effect with the Antique linen ink.

You can click on the photos to enlarge.
Okay so I need to go and take a few photos of the cards now as I  didn't get chance earlier and I will be back shortly to share them with you ☺
Back with a couple of photos but not taken many, you'll get the idea I'm sure.

This first one is 7x7

The largest background has been embossed in an A4 Butterfly folder.

You can just about see how the Starlight paint shimmers on top of the Multi-Tex paste.

I think it's short of a bow but I didn't have the right colour might just have to add one later.

Next we have a 5x7 card.

The smaller butterfly has been cut out of the yardstick and then added to the main image panel just to give a little dimension.

Well I think you get the picture now so its making our own embossing paste and using it through the butterfly stencils then adding some Starlight paint over the top and of course a hint of gilding polish.

See you soon 🙋


Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Delightful Daisies - Creative Expressions

Afternoon everybody, here we are yet another Wednesday and time once again to find out what we have in store for our class tomorrow and next week.
So I thought we would take it a little bit easier and make some simple yet pretty cards using these delightful dies as it suggests in the name Delightful Daisies by Creative Expressions, and I must admit they were a delight to use (no pun intended) and of course I did use my Gemini machine which I just couldn't be without, those of you who already have yours will know exactly what I'm talking about, for those crafters who have not you don't know what you're missing xx I 💖 my Gemini.......
Onto the cards, one 7x7 and one 6x6.

Gilding Polish
Powder Blue

Colour Cloud inks
Summer Sky
Plum Cobbler

Pixie Powder
Midnight Blue

Black Versafine

7x7 Card

The cream background panel has been embossed in a 6x6 floral folder and Pearl Gilding Polish applied.

The daisies have been cut from white card stock and Summer Sky colour added.

The main front  panel is Kraft card that has been die cut with different sizes of square dies and then highlighted with faux stitching using a  White Gel Pen.

You just might be able to make out the Pixie Powder on the die cut flowers.

I used the powder on the card before die cutting.

6x6 Card

This time I have embossed the main panel at the front and left the background plain but coloured.

Like I said earlier simple and fairly quick cards but very pretty, as per the norm they really do look much nicer in real time as many of you tell me when you see the first hand at class.

Personally I think these dies are good to have in your stash and they make a lovely little display all on their own,  also they will go with any of your other floral dies and stamps.
Think they will be finding their way into mine lol!

See you all in class soon x

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Decoupage Stamps - Imagination Crafts

Afternoon folks, hope you've not been blown away in these gale force winds, and I hope you are all keeping well and warm in this mad weather, well it is winter lol!  and it gets worse as we have been forecast snow for tomorrow I do believe Oh well we shall have to wait and see.
Lets just think about nice crafty things for now and so I thought about something floral and pink and came up with this very pretty Clear Stamp Set from Imagination Crafts from their Decoupage  stamp set range. I have teamed it up with a rather sweet little but very useful die from the Die'sire range by Crafters Companion. In this instant I used it to create a decorative edged panel which frames the square decoupage stamp perfectly.  The background panel was created with a couple of mini stencils by Creative Expressions, distress inks and some pearl starlight paint.
Here is what I used for my 7x7 card.

Distress inks
Pumice Stone
Frayed Burlap
Spun Sugar
Picked Raspberry
Black Soot

Black Versafine
Clear Powder

Paint brush
Cut n dry foam or blending tool

Aqua Pens
Rose pink and Teal

Pearl Starlight paint

7x7 Card base.

The white panel behind the main image has been die cut on all sides to make the frame.

I have stamped in black and then heat embossed using clear powder.

I have just added a couple of die cut leaves to embellish, this die is from my stash and comes from Joanna Sheen.

(click on the photos to enlarge)

As you see from the photo this little die makes a lovely decorative edge you can also make small borders and accents.

Main image has been painted with distress ink and Aqua markers, the same goes for the die cut leaves.

Sorry folks have to stop here for what I hope will be just a brief interruption, I will get back asap with our second card. See you shortly.........

Sorry about that I know its a bit late now got delayed with family stuff but I can give you a list of the things I used for the next card I made.

So I have changed colors for our next little make and I made it a smaller card this time, 6x6 in size.

Distress inks.
Salty Ocean
Seedless Preserve
Tumbled Glass
Shabby Shutters
Gathered Twigs

Mediterranean Sky Starlight Paint

Not had chance to add any photos yet will do so as soon as it is possible but I can tell you that I have used the stamp as it was intended and used three layers to create the main image you could however use as many layers as you wish, the more layers the more depth to your card.
I am quite pleased how this one has turned out, yes I  have to say I like this one, Oooops! Shouldn't  tease you, will try later to add a couple of pics x please don't be surprised if I can't manage it until early tomorrow morning I will do my best xx

See you soon
Sheilagh x

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Happy New Year - so - Create a Card with Crafters Companion

Happy new year to everyone and it's the 4th of January already! time to get back into the swing of things and that means starting our craft classes for 2017 and the first one of this year will be on Thursday 5th at 10.00 am. so I hope you will all be raring to go.
To start the new year I decided to try out one of the new products from C C which happens to be  the Fancy Card Blanks. These are card packs with expandable envelopes and they come in different sizes and colors and have different fancy folds so all the hard work has already been done for you and they are designed to work with all your Square Create-a-Card Dies enabling you to make some really stunning cards with minimum effort. I have chosen to do my own take on the sample cards which are shown on the front of the 8x8 Centre Fold Back card and the Square Side Step card packs, I have kept the colours very similar and used the same embossing folder on the 8x8 card and tweaked it by adding some Pixie Powder and of course some Gilding Polish. On the other one I changed the colour and the design slightly but you could make them look very different.

Here's a list of what I used.

Create a Card die 5" square Happy Birthday
And Butterfly Garden. (there are other designs to choose from).

Dies Lazy Daisy and the fern leaf from Wildflower Trio. 

Distress Ink pads
Shaded Lilac
Tumbled Glass
Peeled Paint
Forest Moss

Pixie powder Pale Olive

The card packs come in different sizes and each design can be in white, black or Kraft. Card.

Gilding Polish Haybale and  Heather.

I have used the Haybale polish onto the die cut image before adding a touch of Tumbled Glass ink.

The inside panel has been inked and dried first before adding the Pixie powder and spritzing with water allowed to dry again then put into the folder for embossing.
The darker Forest Moss ink has been used to highlight the embossed pattern.
Haybale gilding polish is applied lightly over the top to finish off.

The base cards are made from 300gsm card stock.

I used my Gemini machine which cut them both like a dream.

The background panel behind the main die cut image is embossed mirror card.

This time I  applied Shaded Lilac ink to the main die cut image and also the Lazy Daisy flower.

The fern leaves have been die cut from silver mirror card

That's it for now, see you all soon x